The ABCs of Life of bLyss

March 13, 2012 · 54 comments

Dear Janetha, you’re my new BFF for masterminding such a fun survey. Love, the middle schooler in me.

Said middle schooler will also give you a too-tight hug/squeeze at the Blend Retreat. See ya in less than two months.

A is for age:

I just turned 24 in January. Time to slap on the wrinkle cream.

B is for breakfast today:

Shocker… a whole grain english muffin, almond butter, and bananas with some cinnamon sprinkled on top. I tell ya, I really don’t change things up around here.

There’s a recycled photo of the non-cinnamon version

C is for currently craving:

Coffee. And lots of it. For the first time in a while, I had a rough night’s sleep last night.

D is for dinner tonight:

I actually have some salmon filets in the freezer. I’m thinking of cooking up some brown rice and slathering on some barbeque sauce on one of those guys.

E is for favorite type of exercise:

Duh… all I do is run.

And that’s actually a lie; I love lifting days. I just wanted to say that. Running is my favorite, though. You know that.

F is for an irrational fear:

I mean, I’m pretty rational. I have a very rational fear of fire. It just freaks me out and makes me nervous.

G is for gross food:

I’m not the biggest tomato fan. I don’t mind grape tomatoes, but I would never just eat one by itself (I can handle one in a sandwich, though).

H is for hometown:

Good ol’ South Jersey. WHOOP WHOOP!


I is for something important:

See above. It is very important you realize the people of Jersey Shore are n-o-t New Jersey. At least, not the Jersey I grew up in.

It’s also pretty important that you realize there are still tickets left for the May Blend Retreat in Colorado. Seriously, come hang out with us. We’re a really fun bunch.

J is for current favorite jam:

Jam like… music? Or jelly? Cause I don’t really have a favorite jelly.

C’mon. You all know I’m a sucker for Best Love Song by T. Pain and Chris Brown.

The music video is so freaking weird… but I can’t not smile (and sprint) when the song comes on.

K is for kids:

Maybe in 17 years. And by 17 I’m only slightly exaggerating.

L is for current location:

Virginia Beach, VA. Wompwomp.

M is for the most recent way you spent money:

Weeelll, I did just buy a plane ticket to Colorado… ๐Ÿ˜‰

And these TOMS I’ve been wanting for eons.

N is for something you need:

I really need a new quality affordable skincare line. I’m over the overpriced Arbonne stuff I bought at the end of last summer.

O is for occupation:

I work in education communications, y’all.

P is for pet peeve:

I’d love to just say “rude people,” but that’s so generic. I do hate it when people don’t use their turn signals on the road, though. If I were a bird-flipper or a honker, that’s when I would use both.

It’s probably a good thing I’m neither of those things.

Thank you for so many laughs, dear Oatmeal.

Q is for a quote:

I have two for you:

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you believe God is sovereign over every aspect of your life, it is possible to put trust in all situations. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or thinking about what could have been.”

R is for random fact about you:

My favorite Starbucks drink is an skinny salted caramel mocha, extra hot. Whoever gets me one first is my new best friend.

S is for favorite healthy snack:

I loove me some Clif Bars. And, actually, I’ve had a thing for Chobani lately… and it’s a good thing.

Because that’s my fridge right now.

And, for a little teaser, I hope you guys are in the mood for some CHO too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

T is for favorite treat:

Geez. I can only pick one? Probably fro-yo with lots of Snickers and Oreos and Reese’s on top. That, or a double Oreo chocolate Blizzard from DQ. Or underbaked brownies. Or popcorn.

I have lots of favorites.

U is for something that makes you unique:

I recently heard someone say any blonde above the age of 13 dyes her hair. False; I’ve never dyed my hair. Does that make me unique? Kindasorta?

V is for favorite vegetable:

I really like broccoli. And mushrooms. And green beans.

W is for todayโ€™s workout:

I’m going to do the first hardcore upper body workout since my last surgery. As I have my second surgery on Monday, I’m trying to pump some weights while I still can.

X is for X-rays youโ€™ve had:

Is it bad I don’t even know what X-rays I’ve had? Obviously I’ve had millions of dental and orthodontic X-rays. I think I had X-rays for when I got tubes in my ears as a kid, too. Care to add to that list, mom?

Y is for yesterdayโ€™s highlight:

A new-found Andy Grammer discovery immediately followed by a new obsession. Geez, why didn’t anyone tell me everything he touches turns to gold? I’ve had Keep Your Head Up on my playlists for a while, but I wasn’t aware of other quality tunes.

But seriously. Go download Fine By Me. I can’t stop.

Dear Andy, It’s Fine By Me if you never leave, too.

Z is for your time zone:

EST, baby. I like how I say that like it’s something to be proud of.

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1 Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner March 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

Oh I love those doiley-lacey Toms, you can dress them up or down!
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2 Kailey March 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

All I’m wondering is how the hell did you get a fridge full of CHO?!! I’m so jealous! I’ve been eating at least one little cup of Chobani a day lately.

EEEEEE we have the non-dyed blonde hair thing in common! Of course.
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3 anna, fitscally responsible March 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

that breakfast looks delicious and I’m turning 30 this year so now I feel really old ๐Ÿ™‚

random side story not related to this blog post. I first learned about your blog the day you posted about the Bachelorette Jarty. I favorited because I like your blog and think that is a great bachelorette party idea (and, since I just got engaged two weeks ago, it is on my list of ideas!). Now, every time I go to your blog it starts me on that page – which makes me smile because I love the word “jarty”.

I use Arbonne RE9. Sadly, I use enough Arbonne because I also use their protein powder that I get the Consultant discount – even though I actually don’t sell it at all. I let my friends use the discount too, because that stuff is dang expensive.

Anyway, my recommendation (that was given to me by a dermatologist) is Purpose cleanser. It is $5 and amazing. It is very light and I used it for years before I started using RE9.
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4 Lauren S. March 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

That’s a TON of chobani! I’m from south jersey too, that’s crazy. I live in MD currently so I always am like its not like jersey shore , i swear. haha


5 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy March 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’ve never died my hair. My sisters haven’t either, and they both have light blonde hair. Not to say that you’re not unique, just saying that whoever told you that about the 13-year-olds is wrong :).

I want those TOMS. Really bad…
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6 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’m not shocked that we have the same exact dinner plans for tonight. Frozen salmon filets are where it’s AT.
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7 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

i had fun with this little survey too the other day… like you said, i guess it’s the middle schooler still in there. ๐Ÿ˜‰
love those TOMS too! i actually just ordered the black pair of those. way cute.
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8 Mila @ loftyappetite March 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

I’m so happy to see that those crochet toms are back!! they sold out so fast last year, and were selling for over $100 on ebay! i’m gonna snag them quick. thanks for sharing!!


9 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile March 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

So much chobani, yummmm! I LOVE those Toms. Holy cow, so cute.
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10 Gaylemarie March 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

That map of jersey is AWESOME. The best is down by SIC and Cape May. bahahahah

also.. the amount of chobani you have… the apple kind. Majorly jealous ๐Ÿ™‚


11 janetha March 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

YAY for everything about this. also, thank you for the map clarification.. hahah. YES BLEND. f yeah.
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12 char eats greens March 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I totally filled this out too. EST, what whaaaat!!! I’m kinda a sucker for surveys sometimes..especially if they involve more than 20 q’s like this one lol
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13 Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I can’t believe you’ve never dyed your hair!! Personally, I’m naturally blonde as well, but I still like to add in some highlights b/c it’s dirty blonde … and the only dirty blonde anyone actually cares about is Britney Spears (kidding, kidding). ๐Ÿ˜‰
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14 Whitney @ The Adventures of Now March 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Super jealous of the fridge – mine needs to look like that since I’ve been eating at least one a day. As a NY’er love the map – feel a little more educated now of my neighbors.


15 Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC March 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Holy Chobani!!

And I answered “J is for current favorite jam” with my favorite jelly, not song. Whoops!!


16 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Are you KIDDING me with all that CHO?!?!
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17 Nikki March 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Skin care Need?? Have you tried Mary Kay? I sell it and can send a sample if you’re interested. And if you want something, shipping is on me. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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18 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Wow, I thought one case of Cho was tough to fit in a fridge – that looks like 3 or 4!
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19 Sam @ Sam Bock Illustration & Design March 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Ah, the ol’ Jersey map….pretty accurate. I am currently in “Pretty Much Alabama.” Good grief, I miss the sun and palm trees. One day, again… day…..


20 julie March 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

omgsdjgs i want to go to blend so baddd but i already have tix to see lady antebellum that weekend. WOMP WOMP.
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21 Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement March 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I agree with needing some wallet-friendly skincare. I feel like I buy into the trap of more expensive = less wrinkles and less pimples. I doubt that is scientifically proven.

Blend looks like a blast. If I knew what my plans were for May…I would come. We shall see…
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22 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe March 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I like the skincare line at Target called Boots No.7 – it’s great, and a lot cheaper than Arbonne or anything similar!
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23 Amber K March 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Oh man, I have dyed my hair so many times I’m not even really sure what it’s natural color is anymore. Oh that’s right, mousy brown. Blah. I love this survey! I’m totally going to have to do a blog post with it. I always love random facts and loved filling out these kind of surveys back in middle/high school.
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24 Renee March 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

OMG that is a lot of CHO! You’re lucky, I wish my hair would just be blonde I have to pay for mine! Also as big fan of middle school surveys, I’m stealing this one for my own blog! ๐Ÿ™‚
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25 Elizabeth @ chocolatedropsandpearls March 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

N is for something you need: a new affordable skin care line.

I’ve been using Clean and Clear products for a few years now and I love them. They are pretty inexpensive ( I understanding having to buy all your favorite personal products on a budget). They are also really light weight and non-oily. I have really sensitive skin and they aren’t harsh at all!

I use their blackhead clearing scrub and their moisturizer. I’ve tried several other brands and keep coming back!
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26 Yellow Haired Girl March 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’ve wanted those TOMS since FOREVER! They’re my favorite style.
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27 Kate @ ibrokemyumbrella March 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Ahh those Toms are so cute! I normally don’t really like them, but those have me rethinking my stance. Nice find.
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28 Theresa March 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

HA–im born and raised in jersey too, although more from the northern parts, now i’m settled in the central region. isnt it funny how different people are depending on WHERE in jersey you are…considering its such a small state. and i’ve never met anyone like the people on jersey shore. but that would be because i avoid seaside heights like the plague ๐Ÿ˜‰
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29 Raquel @ Toned, Tan, Fit & Techie March 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Great Survery Alyssa. Clearly someone has a Chobani addiction! I hope you have fun at the Blend Retreat. I’m still debating since Im still so new at blogging.
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30 Holly March 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I had no idea you didn’t dye your hair, it is absolutely GORGEOUS! & perfect natural high lights. You’re one lucky girl ๐Ÿ™‚
& I thought I had an overflow of Chobani in my fridge…and then I saw YOUR picture. I don’t even know what an overflow IS ๐Ÿ˜‰
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31 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy March 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I am totally a honker and I do it freely and frequently when people don’t use turn signals. Mostly to drown out my profanities just in case there are young chillin’ in earshot. Jess love the kids.
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32 Jillian @ sprinkle massacre March 14, 2012 at 12:37 am

I love that map of Jersey, except Hoboken is totally not hipsters, at all. lol….are you flying out of Newark for Blend, too?
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33 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 14, 2012 at 8:34 am

Fun survey! 24 was my best year to date, but then again, 25 has been treating me pretty well too. And yes, you are very unique as a natural blonde. Lucky! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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34 Allison Alter March 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

Just downloaded the Andy Grammer CD – thaaaanks ๐Ÿ™‚


35 Leandra @Girl Loves Pearls March 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

I wish my refrigerator looked like that. I’ve been eating one every. single. morning. with granola. No joke.
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36 Olivia March 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

Totally jealous of your fridge. I heart chobani!
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